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Weekly Bulletin

November 27, 2022                       First Sunday of Advent: Liturgical Color - Purple


We will love God, share the good news of Jesus Christ, and serve others.


T O D A Y   A T   FI R S T   C H U R C H


WELCOME TO FIRST REFORMED CHURCH! Today is the first Sunday of Advent and a new church year. Welcome to this rich season of worship.


OUR CHURCH HELPERS TODAY * Greeters-Peg Kilburg & Nancy Dykstra. Greeter-Ramp Door-Mark Krum. Nursery-Lara Bielema & Madison Krum. Children’s Sermon-Larry Senior. Scripture Reader-Jan Ottens. Sound System-Ken Vanderploeg. Projector-Karin Bush. Song Leader-Eric & Carol Janvrin. Social Time-Soup Luncheon. Food Pantry-Larry Senior. Elder Prayer After Worship-Nancy Dykstra. Open Church-Phil Bielema. Thank you for your help!


THIS MORNING Pastor Chuck will lead us in worship.


SOCIAL TIME will be held in the library. Everyone is welcome to grab a cup of coffee and a treat.


10:30 A.M. * No Sunday School.


FOLLOWING WORSHIP we will decorate the church for Christmas. A Soup Luncheon will follow.


T H I S   W E E K   A T   F I  R S T   C H U R C H :



6:30 P.M. * Consistory Training. This is for Current Consistory and 2023 Consistory. Please plan to attend.



9:00 A.M. * Creative Crew.

11:30 A.M. * No Senior Meal.

6:30 P.M. * Bible Study.



          1:00 P.M. * Women’s Bible Study.



11:30 A.M. * Senior Meal. The menu is Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potato with Gravy, Veggie, and Dessert.



          8:00 A.M. * Choir Practice.

          9:00 A.M. * Pastor Brian Akker will lead us in worship. We will also celebrate the Lord’s Supper and receive our missionary offering.

          CHURCH HELPERS * Greeters-Eric Janvrin & Art Kilburg. Greeter-Ramp Door-Ron Pessman. Nursery-Chris Krum & Mary Gowan. Children’s Sermon-None. Scripture Reader-Nancy Dykstra. Sound System-Dave Sheckler. Projector-Brian Bush. Song Leader-Julie & Lara Bielema. Social Time-Helen & LeAnn Smith. Food Pantry-Kathy Barsema. Elder Prayer After Worship-Candie Schipper. Open Church-Phil Bielema.

          10:30 A.M. * Sunday School.




HAPPY BIRTHDAY today to Bob Betsinger. Marilyn Huizenga’s birthday is November 29. Marcia Brackemyer will celebrate her special day on December 1. Have a wonderful day!


THANK YOU so much for the generous donation for books. The car show has really helped the school by supporting different programs. The library will benefit from more new books which is never enough! The cost of books has really increased while budgets remain the same. Thank you so much!                                LeAnn Smith, Library Manager



Pastor Chuck will have knee surgery on Wednesday. Please keep all the members of our congregation in your prayers.




ADVENT MEMORIALS can be given to the church this year. Poinsettia orders are due today. Order forms are on the table in the narthex.


ATTENTION KIDS! There is an activity basket in the narthex. There are folders with activity pages in them and books from our library for you to read. Check it out!!


A KID’S CHRISTMAS PARTY will be held on December 18 after worship in the library. This is hosted by Pastor Chuck & Renee. There will be snacks and games!!


YOUR 2023 OFFERING ENVELOPES are in your mailboxes.


THE FOOD PANTRY ITEMS for November are Rice or Noodles. Please help support the pantry by bringing a donation to church.


BREAKFAST WITH SANTA will be held Saturday, December 3 from 7:00-10:00 A.M. at the Fulton Fire Station. Menu is all you can eat pancakes, sausage patties, scrambled eggs, biscuits & gravy, coffee, milk and orange juice. Carry out is also available. Cost is free will donation with all proceeds to benefit Fire and EMS. Santa & Mrs. Claus will be available for photos! (Face masks are still recommended.)


THE TWIN RIVERS “AFTER FIVE” GROUP invites all women to “A Christmas Celebration!” Dinner and Program on December 6 at 6:30 P.M. at Triple Play, 1601 9th Ave., Fulton. Cost of dinner is $14. Special feature is Sing-a-long Christmas Carols with Cheryl Green and Sue Pessman. The speaker is Dorothy Smith on “Let’s Celebrate, It’s Christmas!” For reservations call Carolene at 563-212-5528. There will be no meeting in January & February.


VOICES OF PRAISE will hold their program “Majesty!” on Friday, December 16 at 7:00 P.M.; Saturday, December 17 at 3:00 P.M.; and Sunday, December 18 at 7:00 P.M. This will be held at Emmanuel Church, 202 E. Morris St., Morrison, IL. This is a Christmas worship experience for all ages!


510 15th Ave., Fulton, IL 61252

Phone: 815.589.2203